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MacRumors
Sep 10, 2013, 07:06 PM
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It appears that Apple may be planning to discontinue the Cards app that it first released for iOS in 2011. Opening the app with devices running both iOS 6 and iOS 7 results in the following message: "The Cards service is no longer available."

The Apple.com page (www.apple.com/apps/cards/?) for the app has also been removed, now redirecting to iPhoto '11 for the Mac.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/09/cards.jpg
Cards, which initially debuted (http://www.macrumors.com/2011/10/12/send-real-greeting-cards-with-apples-new-cards-app/) alongside the iPhone 4S, was designed to be an iOS version of the greeting card creation service (http://www.apple.com/ilife/print-products.html) found within iPhoto '11. The app allowed users to create a card, which was then printed, mailed, and sent directly to the recipient by Apple. Cards sent within the U.S. were priced at $2.99, while cards sent elsewhere were priced at $4.99. postage included.

While it is unclear whether or not the app will be revived with an iOS 7 update, the wording indicates that it will be quietly pulled from the App Store. Currently, while new cards cannot be created or sent, old cards can be viewed.

Cards (http://appshopper.com/lifestyle/cards-5), which is free, is still available for download in the App Store for the time being. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cards/id464957209?mt=8)]

Thanks, Jesper!

Update: An Apple support document (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4990?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US) confirms that the Cards app will be discontinued on September 10, 2013.

Article Link: Apple's 'Cards' App Appears to Be Discontinued [Update: Confirmed By Apple] (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/09/10/apples-cards-app-appears-to-be-discontinued/)



0xyMoron
Sep 10, 2013, 07:09 PM
It was useless anyway.

EmbraceTheOne
Sep 10, 2013, 07:09 PM
That's alright, No one used it anyway.

sjc83
Sep 10, 2013, 07:12 PM
I used it, once.

Icaras
Sep 10, 2013, 07:12 PM
It was useless anyway.

That's alright, No one used it anyway.

I did. I had pleasant results from people that I sent cards to anyway.

Oh well, bye bye Cards :(

iLoveMyApple
Sep 10, 2013, 07:12 PM
I always meant to try it out, but always forgot it existed and by the time I actually remembered it was there, I had already bought a card at the store.

Cougarcat
Sep 10, 2013, 07:13 PM
Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

Can anyone recommend a similar service?

mdelvecchio
Sep 10, 2013, 07:16 PM
It was useless anyway.

not everyone is you. we loved sending cards with for the holidays and from vacations.

prowlmedia
Sep 10, 2013, 07:17 PM
I used it once. Took 6 days to arrive! Moonpig in the uk is more customsible albeit not as subtle or elegant but has next day delivery if you buy before 3pm

0xyMoron
Sep 10, 2013, 07:23 PM
Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

Can anyone recommend a similar service?

There you go. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/holiday-cards-by-sincerely/id477296657?mt=8)

djtech42
Sep 10, 2013, 07:24 PM
It was too skeumorphic ;)

WhackyNinja
Sep 10, 2013, 07:25 PM
It was too skeumorphic ;)

.....YOU little...Dalek. I was going to say that!

QuarterSwede
Sep 10, 2013, 07:27 PM
I always meant to try it out, but always forgot it existed and by the time I actually remembered it was there, I had already bought a card at the store.
That's too bad. I got a card once from a friend and the quality was excellent. From then on that's all I bought if I was buying cards. So easy to make, beautiful, and cheaper than a Hallmark card.

I'll definitely miss this one.

logatron
Sep 10, 2013, 07:29 PM
Confirmed on Apple's site here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4990

QuarterSwede
Sep 10, 2013, 07:36 PM
There you go. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/holiday-cards-by-sincerely/id477296657?mt=8)
Awesome. Ink Cards looks great. Thanks for the alternative.

dampfnudel
Sep 10, 2013, 07:37 PM
Confirmed on Apple's site here: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht4990

Apple is just cleaning out the junk they added over the past few years, like Ping. I wonder what service they'll drop next?

musika
Sep 10, 2013, 07:39 PM
I guess they couldn't figure out how to make flat enough cards.

superamit
Sep 10, 2013, 07:41 PM
Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

Can anyone recommend a similar service?

Try Feltapp if you're on an iPad. It's my favorite of the lot. Lets you handwrite and the printing actually looks like ink!

http://feltapp.com

pubwvj
Sep 10, 2013, 07:42 PM
This is one of the things I detest about Apple, and Google & friends. They create things like this and then discontinue them. In this particular case perhaps it is not such a big deal but when they discontinued support for PPC, Rosetta, MacOSClassic they destroyed a lot of really good software for education, small business, etc.

mbrezina
Sep 10, 2013, 07:45 PM
dozens of new card designs launched every month
the cards are beautiful and delivered quickly
ability to edit photos, add stickers, filters, etc
high reviewed app
www.sincerely.com/ink

pietrociao
Sep 10, 2013, 07:48 PM
NoooooooOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

MTShipp
Sep 10, 2013, 07:49 PM
I used it once. Was charged for the card, user never received it. Uninstalled the app and never looked back.

Pakaku
Sep 10, 2013, 07:50 PM
It was too skeumorphic ;)

Can't have these paper-looking cards being sent everywhere, now can we :)

sensel
Sep 10, 2013, 07:53 PM
Stupid Apple!! This service was a bargain and excellent quality letterpress.

Cougarcat
Sep 10, 2013, 08:14 PM
Apple is just cleaning out the junk they added over the past few years, like Ping. I wonder what service they'll drop next?

They didn't really drop the service, as I've now realized with the article update, you can just make them with iPhoto. I'll miss the push notifications though.

My guess is since iPhoto for iOS is now free (for new iOS devices anyway) the next major update will include cards support. Maybe.

MonstaMash
Sep 10, 2013, 08:17 PM
Cards wasn't strong enough as a standalone app. Many people used just once, then forgot about.

Once Apple revamps iPhoto for iOS 7, I wonder if they will integrate the standalone Cards features?

zipper77
Sep 10, 2013, 08:25 PM
I used this app every chance I got. My friends and family were always blown away by the cards. It's better than iPhoto '11 because the iOS app actually mailed the cards for you. Incredibly disappointed to see that this was discontinued. I hope they integrate the cards app into an iOS iPhoto revamp.

TypeMRT
Sep 10, 2013, 08:30 PM
I used Cards several times. It was perfect for birthday cards. Especially since I keep my whole photo library on my iPhone. A quick photo edit in Snapseed or Camera+ and then add to Cards. I appreciated the push notification that the card had been delivered.
Luckily I have a few days before my wife's birthday to get a card from the store.

dampfnudel
Sep 10, 2013, 08:48 PM
They didn't really drop the service, as I've now realized with the article update, you can just make them with iPhoto. I'll miss the push notifications though.

My guess is since iPhoto for iOS is now free (for new iOS devices anyway) the next major update will include cards support. Maybe.

Well, integration with iPhoto would make more sense than having a stand-alone app just for cards. I'm just surprised that they didn't mention that. Then again, like you said, maybe.

lolkthxbai
Sep 10, 2013, 08:49 PM
Awwww, I actually really loved that app. :/

scott523
Sep 10, 2013, 09:01 PM
Perhaps Find My Friends could be next on the chopping block.

doppelganger
Sep 10, 2013, 09:06 PM
I really liked this app and I hope they decide to bring it back, in some form, to iOS iPhoto. Push notifications and direct mailing to recipient really made this app great. iPhoto for Mac just mails the cards to you then you have to mail them out.

If you really miss it, like me, you can always fill out one of these.
http://www.apple.com/feedback/cards.html

rdlink
Sep 10, 2013, 09:14 PM
Stupid Apple!! This service was a bargain and excellent quality letterpress.

It was a good service. But I'm sure that the reason it was discontinued was because not enough people were using it to justify the costs of overhead. In other words, if it was making Apple money they would have left it active.

SteveJobs2.0
Sep 10, 2013, 09:20 PM
Someone petition a re-in statement of this joint. :/

Radio
Sep 10, 2013, 09:55 PM
I used it - kind of pricey but nice quality

tbobmccoy
Sep 10, 2013, 10:02 PM
So, my card failed. I'm not sorry to see it go. If it worked, I would have used of more. :-/

incoherent1
Sep 10, 2013, 10:08 PM
Too bad. It was a bargain for the quality, and I loved sending these to family & friends when I'm abroad for work.

Thanks to those who've recommended similar services, and please keep them coming!

Battlefield Fan
Sep 10, 2013, 10:44 PM
Wow! Big mistake Apple!

the8thark
Sep 10, 2013, 10:53 PM
In Australia the Cards app still works. With zero notification to say it's discontinued in the app.
Can anyone explain this?

Also the Apple page says the cards iOS app is discontinued. Not the card service itself. That can be done through iPhoto in the Mac.

ethanlee
Sep 10, 2013, 11:02 PM
Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

Can anyone recommend a similar service?

Sincerely's Ink and Postagram apps are what I've been using. They have an API, so multiple apps also work with it to send them via Sincerely.

https://sincerely.com/ink

macosxuser01
Sep 10, 2013, 11:35 PM
Holy **** I totally forgot about this feature. O well

C DM
Sep 10, 2013, 11:45 PM
Perhaps Find My Friends could be next on the chopping block.Why would that be even a possibility?

acorntoy
Sep 10, 2013, 11:58 PM
Bought cards twice, used the actual app once.

Both times the card were very high quality, sad to see the cards feature go, hope they still continue to do calendars.

Blaine
Sep 11, 2013, 12:25 AM
Nooooooooo!!! :'(

Kram1975
Sep 11, 2013, 01:43 AM
Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

Can anyone recommend a similar service?

Ugh. Me too! I easily sent 50+ cards. EDIT. I COUNTED I sent exactly 40 cards.

BMcCoy
Sep 11, 2013, 04:19 AM
I Use MoonPig in the UK - always been reliable.

Dr McKay
Sep 11, 2013, 06:36 AM
I used it once. Took 6 days to arrive! Moonpig in the uk is more customsible albeit not as subtle or elegant but has next day delivery if you buy before 3pm

I used it twice, first time it took 3 days to reach the address, I was so impressed and used it again, it ended up doing circuits of Europe for a month before finally making it.

josh995
Sep 11, 2013, 07:30 AM
This is extremely disappointing. I used cards several times per month for birthdays and holidays.

The people always received them and were always VERY impressed with the quality.

Hopefully I can find a suitable replacement with similar cost & quality. And if I do it still won't be as easy and convenient as Cards...

Very disappointing Apple. :(

EDIT: I filled out a feedback form basically begging them not to get rid of it. If you used and liked cards, PLEASE FILL ONE OUT!

typecase
Sep 11, 2013, 07:35 AM
I'm really disappointed by this also. I used to send thank you cards while I was at a dinner invitation using a picture I just snapped on my phone and my friends and family always enjoyed the timely and beautifully customized card. iPhoto cards are more expensive and they're not as spur of the moment as these cards were, especially because they allowed you to pull contact data directly and create and mail the card in one fell swoop. It was a brilliant application and I will be saddened by its loss. :(

Ellmer
Sep 11, 2013, 08:10 AM
It was useless anyway.

You clearly don't know what useless means.

iScott428
Sep 11, 2013, 08:47 AM
This is certainly disappointing. I used this all the time for Birthdays and Holidays. The card quality was fantastic and the ability to add pictures made them very special. Looks like they will all be getting candles again.

Razeus
Sep 11, 2013, 08:57 AM
If this was a Google service, you guys would be up in arms.

dumastudetto
Sep 11, 2013, 08:58 AM
Nobody wants to send cards anymore.

Drunken Master
Sep 11, 2013, 08:59 AM
This is one of the things I detest about Apple, and Google & friends. They create things like this and then discontinue them. In this particular case perhaps it is not such a big deal but when they discontinued support for PPC, Rosetta, MacOSClassic they destroyed a lot of really good software for education, small business, etc.

Detest is a strong word.

All things must pass. Let it go.

jonnysods
Sep 11, 2013, 09:29 AM
This sucks, I actually used that app quite a bit.

Twimfy
Sep 11, 2013, 09:40 AM
Who wants to bet that the last card sent using the service was one from Jonny Ive to Scott Forstall simply saying:

Mwahahahahaha!

Digital Dude
Sep 11, 2013, 09:51 AM
Yeah, I actually liked the idea although it was rather pricey. Similarly, they used to have an e-card service for the desktop but it was free.

mabhatter
Sep 11, 2013, 10:07 AM
This is one of the things I detest about Apple, and Google & friends. They create things like this and then discontinue them. In this particular case perhaps it is not such a big deal but when they discontinued support for PPC, Rosetta, MacOSClassic they destroyed a lot of really good software for education, small business, etc.

Is it "really good software" if nobody can be bothered to update for FIVE YEARS that Apple took to drop those supports? If it was do great they should have put it under Open Source license so users could fix it themselves. It may have been great, but it was only important to the people that OWNED IT as their next paycheck.

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Bought cards twice, used the actual app once.

Both times the card were very high quality, sad to see the cards feature go, hope they still continue to do calendars.

I wasn't impressed with Apple's Cards at all. They looked like laser printing on matte paper... Ie not much better than my stock at home. For $3 not worth using to send a photo you'd expect somebody to keep. I found the "postcard" apps used much better stock. I have cards from "Postcards on the Run" on my desk right now from two years ago that still look glossy and have better color than the Apple cards when delivered and the ink was still drying.

the8thark
Sep 11, 2013, 10:10 AM
Most people in this topic are not reading correctly.

"You can still order beautiful letterpress cards customized with your photos and text using iPhoto on your Mac."
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4990?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

The Apple cards service is NOT being discontinued. The iOS app for it is being removed, that's all. If you want an Apple card, go make it on iPhoto for OS X.

This is also proved here.
http://www.apple.com/ilife/iphoto/
http://i.imgur.com/iHD2XHL.jpg

I don't understand why they removed the iOS app. A lot of people would like to make cards and don't own a Mac. Well maybe there is not enough using the iOS app, I don't know.

SkippyThorson
Sep 11, 2013, 10:30 AM
I created a couple of cards in the app, and I thought it was nice!

I just never purchased anything or sent any cards. :p It was neat for a week.

Won't really be missed.

0xyMoron
Sep 11, 2013, 10:38 AM
You clearly don't know what useless means.

I was under the impression that useless means something you see no value in using. I never used it. It might be useful to you and other people too, personally i never used it. :D

Porco
Sep 11, 2013, 10:46 AM
NoooooooOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.

Akuratyde
Sep 11, 2013, 02:03 PM
That's alright, No one used it anyway.

Isn't it awesome how you're able to speak on behalf of the entire human population?

iSmoke
Sep 11, 2013, 03:12 PM
i really liked this app. saved me a lot of time. and it's very convenient.

if you feel that Apple made a mistake discontinuing this service, send a feedback. i did.

http://www.apple.com/feedback/cards.html

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Awesome. Ink Cards looks great. Thanks for the alternative.

yea. but sending cards outside the country, like to be specific, Australia, where my cousins live, would take 3 weeks to get the cards delivered. unlike with Cards it would only take roughly a week.

iSmoke
Sep 11, 2013, 03:27 PM
They didn't really drop the service, as I've now realized with the article update, you can just make them with iPhoto. I'll miss the push notifications though.

My guess is since iPhoto for iOS is now free (for new iOS devices anyway) the next major update will include cards support. Maybe.

actually, with the iPhoto, you can only send the card to yourself. and not to the person you wanna send it to. sucks. i'm gonna try ink for the meantime until Apple realized people loved the app they discontinued.

Cougarcat
Sep 11, 2013, 04:01 PM
actually, with the iPhoto, you can only send the card to yourself. and not to the person you wanna send it to. sucks. i'm gonna try ink for the meantime until Apple realized people loved the app they discontinued.

Are you serious? What is the point of that? Can't you just make the shipping address different than the billing?

Oh well. At least there are some nice alternatives available.

iSmoke
Sep 11, 2013, 04:06 PM
Are you serious? What is the point of that? Can't you just make the shipping address different than the billing?

Oh well. At least there are some nice alternatives available.

yes. i tried it. it wouldn't ask you for the recipient's address. iPhoto as an alternative is pointless. you ordered a card from iPhoto, paid for the shipping to have it shipped to you, and now you have to pay for shipping to have it sent to the recipient once you receive the card. the turn around time and the amount of money spent is just... it's too far to be called "alternative".

Webduo
Sep 11, 2013, 05:37 PM
That's really too bad - I actually used this service quite a bit. The advantage it had over the iPhoto option is that the postage and mailing was all done through Apple. This is one I'm sad to see go.

japanime
Sep 11, 2013, 09:43 PM
I used the iOS Cards app as well, and hope that it is eventually brought back. It was great for creating cards while on-the-go.

Meantime, I'll continue to use the service through iPhoto.

jtyen123
Sep 13, 2013, 03:17 PM
I found about the Ink Cards app a year ago and love it! Great for birthdays, and just to drop a hello to family. Uses Facebook/Instagram photos as well as iPhone photos, and I especially love the photo filters they just added. Best part is, cards are only $1.99 to the US and $2.99 anywhere else!

socialnetgate
Sep 22, 2013, 12:41 PM
Please check out our app at www.socialnetgateapp.com or https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/socialnetgate/id603956915?mt=8 . It costs $0.79 per card when you buy in bulk. Thanks.

Genuis
Sep 22, 2013, 06:45 PM
I am terribly disappointed to see this app go away. I got thank you's for my thank you's. I would tell potential apple users about it as a reason alone to get an iPhone. It was unique and cool and I'm sure someone else will run with it and I'm sure apple will regret dropping it from their store. Bad decision by apple.

betacall
Sep 25, 2013, 12:48 AM
Guys, Apple's closure of their "Card" App coincides with the launch of an extraordinary company called Acavano, that I heard spent nearly a decade building their technology, content and thinking through the model to be a game changer to Hallmark and American Greetings in store purchases. It kind of reminds me of Amazon first with Books and Netflix with DVD by mail convenience and price. $1.49 for a Real Card mailed automated, fully personalized, without having to remember a birthday or any occasion, or to browse, fill out and mail a card each time.

Even freakier, their home page sports an entertaining video about all the ways to buy cards, like bricks and mortar, online store and even cards app and predicts it's failure. Really could be the game changer we've all been waiting for.
www.acavano.com

willyman
Sep 26, 2013, 05:55 PM
Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

Can anyone recommend a similar service?

Card2You is much better and less expensive than Cards - Option to send greeting cards OR Postcards - Prints your profile on the back of cards and order history let's yoiu know when delivered -
Many more features - LOVE this app!

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I used Cards several times. It was perfect for birthday cards. Especially since I keep my whole photo library on my iPhone. A quick photo edit in Snapseed or Camera+ and then add to Cards. I appreciated the push notification that the card had been delivered.
Luckily I have a few days before my wife's birthday to get a card from the store.

Try Card2You - Higher quality - Lower cost - more features

betacall
Sep 27, 2013, 01:20 AM
not everyone is you. we loved sending cards with for the holidays and from vacations.

If you loved sending cards...check this out. www.acavano.com rumored the company was a decade in planning, building and bringing to market. Supposedly will resemble what Netflix did to Blockbuster or Amzn to book stores.

I think Hallmark and American Greetings better look out...this blew me away!

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not everyone is you. we loved sending cards with for the holidays and from vacations.

This is certainly disappointing. I used this all the time for Birthdays and Holidays. The card quality was fantastic and the ability to add pictures made them very special. Looks like they will all be getting candles again.

Don't be dissapointed...check this out. www.acavano.com rumored the company was a decade in planning, building and bringing to market. Supposedly will resemble what Netflix did to Blockbuster or Amzn to book stores. May be no coincidence Apple decided to pull the plug on Cards at same time as Acavano launched.

I think Hallmark and American Greetings better look out...this blew me away!

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It was useless anyway.

Check this out. www.acavano.com rumored the company was a decade in planning, building and bringing to market. Supposedly will resemble what Netflix did to Blockbuster or Amzn to book stores. May be no coincidence Apple decided to pull the plug on Cards at same time as Acavano launched.

I think Hallmark and American Greetings better look out...this blew me away!

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I did. I had pleasant results from people that I sent cards to anyway.

Oh well, bye bye Cards :(

Don't be dissappointed...check this out. www.acavano.com rumored the company was a decade in planning, building and bringing to market. Supposedly will resemble what Netflix did to Blockbuster or Amzn to book stores. May be no coincidence Apple decided to pull the plug on Cards at same time as Acavano launched.

I think Hallmark and American Greetings better look out...this blew me away!

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Well, I used this all the time, and the cards were always gorgeous.

Can anyone recommend a similar service?

Don't be dissappointed...check this out. www.acavano.com rumored the company was a decade in planning, building and bringing to market. Supposedly will resemble what Netflix did to Blockbuster or Amzn to book stores. May be no coincidence Apple decided to pull the plug on Cards at same time as Acavano launched.

I think Hallmark and American Greetings better look out...this blew me away!

Jason B
Oct 11, 2013, 09:51 AM
i really liked this app. saved me a lot of time. and it's very convenient.

if you feel that Apple made a mistake discontinuing this service, send a feedback. i did.

http://www.apple.com/feedback/cards.html

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yea. but sending cards outside the country, like to be specific, Australia, where my cousins live, would take 3 weeks to get the cards delivered. unlike with Cards it would only take roughly a week.

Thanks. Filled it out as well.

On the Ink app, it's only a "postcard"? With no actual card?

beegie
Oct 19, 2013, 05:57 PM
I guess they couldn't figure out how to make flat enough cards.

That is hilarious! :D Keep watch for the "Newer-than-new Improved Flatter-than-flat version! Total blinding-white cardstock only. Faint, barely legible fonts to allow the card's lack-of-content to shine! Your recipients will thank you! Free OTA automatic downloads to all iOS's while you are sleeping, no questions asked, just in time for the Holiday Cards Season! Apple Ingenuity: It's Our Pleasure to Serve You'"